WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the adoption of new fuel economy labels on new vehicles.
The labels are designed to help consumers take better advantage of increased fuel efficiency standards when purchasing new vehicles. The labels, last updated more than 30 years ago, will provide consumers with more comprehensive information related to a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, including estimated annual fuel costs and its environmental impact, according to a news release.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, today welcomed the announcement.
“With gasoline prices averaging nearly four dollars a gallon in Maine, empowering consumers with information regarding a vehicle’s fuel consumption will help families and individuals make educated purchasing decisions,” said Snowe. “Today’s announcement builds upon the goals set by the 2007 Fuel Efficiency Standards for Vehicles, standards I helped to write and pass through Congress, by helping to facilitate our transition to a more secure energy future that reduces energy expenses for families, allows households to maximize their budgets, and reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.”
According to the Department of Transportation, information provided by the new labels will include:
- Comparisons of energy costs and usage among various types of vehicles;
- Estimates pertaining to fuel costs and savings over the next five years;
- Ratings on smog and pollution emissions;
- An estimate of fuel or electricity consumption per 100 miles driven; and,
- Information on driving range and charging time for electric vehicles.